Hope

Hope

Photo by Linda DeGraf The vernal equinox is a handful of days away, announcing the astronomical beginning of spring. On a morning last week, as dawn chased the darkness from the forest’s edge, the moon was a glowing, golden plate resting on the western horizon....
A Prayer in the Divine Night

A Prayer in the Divine Night

A new year’s turning at Rolling Ridge. The moment held a peculiar potency, for it passed on the hinge of a turbulent decade, when so much is at stake. The Earth and all her inhabitants, all that we love, is in dire straits. There is an instinct within us in such times...
Singing in the Dark Times

Singing in the Dark Times

In the dark times Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing About the dark times. Bertolt Brecht Even the splotches of rusty orange and russet punctuating the lacework of bare branches have turned now to brown leaf-carpet.  They were what remained of...
Gold in the Darkness

Gold in the Darkness

We recently held a retreat at Rolling Ridge, “Finding the Gold in the Darkness: The Way of Soul in Troubled Times,” led by Jim Hall and Cheryl Hellner.  In preparation for the retreat we were asked to read an essay by Mary Evelyn Tucker, “Learning to Navigate...
“Love of Tender Things”

“Love of Tender Things”

“Every day has something in it whose name is forever.”  (Everything That Was Broken, Mary Oliver) Recently that “something in it” was the sight of my granddaughter and two friends plucking wine berries from the bushes by the dirt path and...